I remember back during the Bush administration, a friend of mine said something along the lines of, “I can’t wait till Bush is out of office. Republicans can’t get much worse than this.” I told him at the time that he shouldn’t be so certain of that.
During that time the tea party didn’t exist (or at least it had no national popularity) so neither of us had definitive proof that something worse was on the way. However, I’ve just always lived by the belief that when it comes to politics, it can always get worse.
Being a liberal, it goes without saying that there are very few issues where I find myself agreeing with conservatives. But to look back at their de-evolution from an opposing political party to what now basically amounts to a domestic terrorist organization, is downright shocking.
A few days ago, I wrote an article where I said that Republicans have officially become the “American Taliban.” This of course brought out the right-wing trolls who called my claim absurd. Of course, most had no information to support their belief that my claim was false, but that didn’t stop many of them from aggressively bashing the piece.
The stereotype of a terrorist (at least the American stereotype) is some form of Islamic radical who wishes to harm the United States in some way. Most simply equate this to some kind of public explosion or mass killings of American citizens.
This, of course, is a completely ignorant and shallow stereotype. There are all forms of terrorism and it doesn’t just originate from Islamic radicalism.
So, why can’t Republicans be classified as domestic terrorists? Because that sounds too extreme to say? If you believe that I understand, but is it really that extreme of a belief? Is it more extreme than what they’ve been attempting to do to our nation?
Let’s just look at the definition of the word “terrorism.”
1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.
Are Republicans not using threats as a means to coerce government? “Defund Obamacare or else we’ll shutdown the government/not raise the debt ceiling!” Both actions would cause massive devastation for millions of Americans and (as it relates to the debt ceiling) quite possibly crash our entire economy.
But that’s not a threat? Of course it is. And it’s not just a threat—it’s a purposeful act which they know will harm millions of Americans. They simply don’t care. They have their “demands” they want met, and they don’t care who they have to hurt in order to get what they want.
The state of fear and submission? Oh that’s easy. Please, outside of straight, white, conservative Christian males, who aren’t Republicans afraid of? The Republican party, and the conservative media, constantly perpetuate fear mongering against homosexuals, women, minorities, Muslims, liberals, any media that isn’t right-wing approved, Hollywood, science, history, math, education, the poor—hell, they’ve classified Bill Nye as “liberally biased.”
Bill freaking Nye! You really have to be fear mongering to turn a guy mostly known for Saturday morning kids science shows into some kind of political enemy.
Oh, and Obamacare—holy cow. These people are terrified of Obamacare. But can you blame them? Have you seen the kinds of ads right-wing groups are putting out there? Seriously, click that link and go take a look. It’s worth your two minutes to see those ridiculous ads funded by the Koch brothers. Nothing quite like a spooky clown-looking version of Uncle Sam appearing between a woman’s legs in the middle of an intimate doctor’s exam (with creepy music playing in the background) to insinuate that the government is out to inject itself into your privates—uh, I mean private life.
This party thrives on fear. Fear socialism! Fear communism! Fear a dictionary which might inform you of the definitions for both of those economic ideologies! Because most Republicans, as it stands now, sure as heck don’t know how to define either.
A terroristic method of governing or of resisting government? Well, let’s just go back to their strategy of refusing to do their jobs unless they get their way. Threatening to raise taxes on every American if the top two-percent didn’t keep their tax cuts. Threatening to default on our debt in 2011 (and now) by refusing to raise the debt ceiling if they don’t get the budget cuts they want. Threatening to shutdown the government (they actually did in the 90’s) if the president refuses to defund the law of the land, “Obamacare.”
Their entire party is built on resisting government. They’ve created this “boogeyman” called the Federal Government that they blame every problem in America on. Then their supporters, and a few of their politicians, advocate secession whenever they don’t get their way. Some even talk of the violent overthrow of our government in an attempt to “take the country back.” These irrational thoughts and rants are often the results of something not going their way.
This is is the party that was once represented by the likes of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower. They’re now represented by people like Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and John Boehner.
Talk about a massive drop-off in quality of representation.
A party that once had a president bring the country to civil war in the fight to free slaves, is now the one that will risk destroying its economy to deny millions of Americans health care.
So please, tell me, how aren’t Republicans a form of domestic terrorists?
Isn’t the basic premise for a terroristic act against the United States a deliberate act to harm Americans or American interests? As I said in the piece I wrote a few days ago, imagine if Islamic radicals were threatening to sink our nation’s economy if they didn’t get their way. Would we not call that a threat of terror?
Because that’s the very threat Republicans are now using. Give into their demands or they’ll harm millions of Americans and quite possibly crash our economy—on purpose.
A main difference I see is that while a group like al Qaeda might make threats to harm Americans and hurt our nation’s economy, yet lack the ability to do either—Republicans are making those very same threats and seem poised to actually do both.
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